English programme at Westminster Kingsway College promotes integration into UK life
04 January 2012
An English programme at Westminster Kingsway College is promoting integration into UK life for non-EU nationals living in London. The English programme brings together nationals from a number of different countries including Brazil, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia with many of the participants from London’s Chinatown community.
The one year course provides English Language tuition and an ESOL qualification together with educational visits to markets, libraries and museums. The programme has been very successful with nearly 50 students benefiting from the course.
Ying Chen is originally from China and has been in the UK for a number of years but found it hard to learn English and mix with other nationalities. She said: “I found this course advertised in a Chinese newspaper and it has helped me in my work and my life. I have enjoyed listening to the teacher and speaking the other people on the class. My speaking and writing has improved.”
Elizabeth Santos from Brazil was looking for an English class and was advised about the EIF programme at Westminster Kingsway College. She said: “The class has helped with my English. You learn about different situations for speaking and my grammar has improved.”
Fellow Brazilian Andre Moura moved to the UK with his wife but found it hard to learn English. He said: “My English has improved and the class has helped me to learn and practice. I enjoyed the visit to markets and museums and learning about British culture.”
The EIF-funded English programmes are running at Westminster Kingsway College at the Soho and Regent’s Park Centres. The EIF programme is co-funded by Education for Integration - the European Integration Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals.
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